Las Vegas

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Twice in recent years I have had the terrible privilege of standing with those who have lost oved ones in suicide bombings.  The utterly senseless and pointless loss of life creates a depth of grief so shocking and deep, that those affected are left utterly heartbroken and despairing.  For absolutely no good reason someone has deliberately chosen to take the … Read More

Mark 15:33-39

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

33-34 At noon the sky became extremely dark. The darkness lasted three hours. At three o’clock, Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” 35-36 Some of the bystanders who heard him said, “Listen, he’s calling for Elijah.” Someone ran off, soaked a sponge in sour wine, … Read More

Humble Origins

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Two of the UK’s most popular radio stations are currently celebrating their 50th birthdays.  With a weekly audience approaching 25 million listeners it’s worth remembering that Radios 1 and 2 were pushed into existence by unlicensed pirates, determined to shake off the monopoly over popular music held by broadcasters and record producers.   For three years Radio Caroline bounced around … Read More

Passing By

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Jesus once told a story about Jewish man walking the desert road to Jericho who was attacked by bandits, robbed and left for dead.  Three fellow Jews passed by and ignored him, and it was left to a ‘foreigner’, a Samaritan to come to his aid.   Just recently in Essen, Germany, three people were heavily fined for ignoring the … Read More

60SG Mark 15:21-32

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

21 There was a man walking by, coming from work, Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. They made him carry Jesus’ cross. 22-24 The soldiers brought Jesus to Golgotha, meaning “Skull Hill.” They offered him a mild painkiller (wine mixed with myrrh), but he wouldn’t take it. And they nailed him to the cross. They divided up his clothes … Read More

A Better World Without the Police?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In 2016 there were just over 106,000 frontline police officers serving in England and Wales.  In the same year 107 of them were dismissed for gross misconduct.  Amongst the reasons for dismissal were assault of fellow officers while drunk, drink driving, sexual assault, possession of indecent images, voyeurism, racism, theft and fraud.  It’s not a list that makes for comfortable … Read More

The Jesus Nut

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Despite what you might think a ‘Jesus nut’ is not a slang term for an over-enthusiastic Christian, but the name given to the main rotor retaining nut in helicopters.  Probably coined by American soldiers in Vietnam, the nut in question held the rotors securely in place.  If the nut failed in flight then the rotors would detach and the only … Read More

60SG Mark 15:11-20

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

11-12 But the high priests by then had worked up the crowd to ask for the release of Barabbas. Pilate came back, “So what do I do with this man you call King of the Jews?” 13 They yelled, “Nail him to a cross!” 14 Pilate objected, “But for what crime?” But they yelled all the louder, “Nail him to a cross!” 15 Pilate … Read More

Fireproof and Fruitful

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

By any measure the Giant Redwood is an extraordinary tree.  Growing mainly on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, they soar hundreds of feet into the sky, and can have trunks wide enough to drive a bus through.  The oldest known Redwood has graced the earth for over 3,500 years.   Among their many amazing attributes is … Read More

Don’t forget the cross

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

The story is told of two thieves who broke into a church.  They were drawn to the figure of Christ hanging on the cross behind the altar.  Reflecting the moonlight shining through the windows, it was clearly made of some valuable metal and so they took it.   When the burglary was discovered the following morning, the priest noticed that … Read More